Thursday, 1 December 2016
House of Cards December Blog Hop and prizes ...
Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well, it’s so nearly the weekend and not long until Christmas either lol! It’s the first of the month but the end of the fifth term at House of Cards. We will be saying a fond farewell to some of my lovely team mates and fortunately some of us are staying, I am one of those lol!
To say goodbye and thank you we are celebrating with a blog hop with lovely prizes too! The blog hop will run from December 1st until December 15th and we hope you play along with us. Any card style is welcome and we’ve a beautiful photograph inspiration for your crafty enjoyment. Here is the inspiration photograph …
Isn’t that a beautiful photograph of a mantle and Christmas decorations? I love it and I was lucky enough to be able to purchase several beautiful new stamps from one of our sponsors and I have a card to share with your today and here it is …
A nice big A5 card just in time for Christmas!
It will be posted in a box
All the yummy details
The beautiful branch and sentiment stamps
The poinsettia set is my most used Christmas die set
A final look
You should have arrived here from Judys blog and your next stop is Katarinas blog. If you get lost along the ways return to House of Cards Challenge and start again. I know my multi talented team mates are going to awe and inspire you!
Luckily enough this also fits the following Challenges
Christmas at Sweet Stampin’ Challenge Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge #309 Use a Sentiment
Deep Ocean Challenge #143 Santa is Coming to Town
Fantasy Stampers Challenge #76 vintage Christmas
Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes
Time Out Challenge #71 Christmas; optional twist Glitter/Shimmer
I did try very hard to keep my backgrounds white with not much extra detail but I found myself splattering my paint brush so that the pink and the sparkle is on every piece of card. I struggle to create clean and simple cards or cards with no background details, so I just went with the flow and I am reasonably happy with the end result.
When I popped over to Great Impressions to check out their Christmas stamps there were two images and one sentiment that really called to me. I just adore this large twig and berry branch, it’s so pretty and I am going to get a fair bit of use from it too as I can envisage it making beautiful backgrounds as well as focal points and the fact that each colour looks so different is a real bonus too. I also purchased a berry sprig which I used for the background and that’s going to be used the whole year too. So it’s only the sentiment that won’t be used as often, lol. These days I do to purchase stamps that are classics and useful all the year through and not mounted, buying them not mounted means storage space isn’t so much of an issue these days.
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment. I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon ttfn Karen x
Great Impressions stamps: 8161 Merry; 8162 Elegant Branch; 9802 Berry Sprig
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Marianne Creatables: LR0142 Double Poinsettia die set; LR0227 Anja Leaves #2; LR0163 Curled flowers (leaves)
Create & Craft Couture: 335004 The Songbird Collection
Paint brushes; water pot
300 gsm card
Crafters Companion: Sheena A4 stamping card
Snippets: pearl card; stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Versafine IP: black
Tim Holtz Distress IP:
Tim Holtz Distress re-inker: fired brick
Sakura pen: Red Sparkle
Spectrum Noir Sparkle: Clear Overlay
Various watercolour or acrylic paints were used to colour the leaves before they were die cut
The Ribbon Girl: miniature pine cones
Recycled ribbon from packaging
Stickles glitter glue:
Double sided tape; fun foam; Collall Tacky Glue